John Lutzker, Ph.D.

Center for Leadership in Disability
Institute of Public Health
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Ave NE
Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Last Updated: March 12, 2009

John Lutzker

Leadership Administrative Staff: Director, Center for Healthy Development; Visiting Professor of Public Health
Discipline(s): Psychology


John R. Lutzker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Healthy Development
College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University and a and Visiting Professor of Public Health.

Dr. Lutzker's current research interests are in intervention and prevention of child maltreatment, improving parenting skills, and services for children with autism and related disorders.

Biographical Sketch

Prior to joining the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia State University,  Dr. Lutzker served as the Executive Director of the Marcus Institute.  Precending this position, he was a Distinguished Consultant and Chief, Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 25, 33, 37, 53), and is a Clinical Fellow of the Behavior Therapy and Research Society.  

He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development Journal of Family Violence, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, and Behavioral Interventions, and is the author of five books, including Reducing Child Maltreatment: A Guidebook for Parent Services and is editor of Preventing Violence: Research and Evidence-based Intervention Strategies (2006).

Recent Publications

Swenson, C.C., Brown, E.J., & Lutzker, J.R. (2007). Issues of child maltreatment and abuse.  In A. Freeman & M. Reinke (Eds.), Personality Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence. (pp. 229-295) New York: John Wiley.

Hecht,D.B. , Silovsky, J.F., Chaffin, M., & Lutzker, J.R.(2008)Project SafeCare®: An evidence-based approach to prevent child neglect. APSAC Advisor,20(1), 14-17.

Contact Information

John R. Lutzker, Ph.D., Director


Center for Healthy Development
College of Health and Human Sciences
Visiting Professor of Public Health

Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995